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Questions to ask Utah Reception Centers Before You Book

Outdoor weddings in Utah at Atrium Weddings
Ask the right questions to find the venue just for you!

The man of your dreams asked, you answered, and now your wedding celebration adventure begins.  After you decide on a date or a couple of dates, you will want to begin your search the many reception centers in Utah for the perfect wedding location that matches your style and budget.   Begin your quest now, so you can book what you want and don’t have to “settle” for a venue that happens to be available for your date.  These are important questions to ask your Salt Lake City wedding venues as you search on the web and visit in person.

1. The first question a bride should ask a reception center is the availability of your chosen date or possible dates.  Save yourself pain by not falling in love with a venue that is not available.

2. What is the maximum number of guests can the venue handle?  If you are planning a sit-down dinner for 150 people, you need to first seek those venues that can host that many.

Breathtaking linens at Western Gardens reception venues in salt lake city3.  What do wedding reception places in Utah provide and what will you need to provide?  Make sure you know what is included for the price you will pay.  Many venues include a lot, some charge for their space only.  Find out!

4. How will you be able to decorate the venue to give it a touch of your own style?  How many color choices will you have to choose from for your linens?  Do they offer stylish centerpieces? Can you hang items from the ceiling? 

5. Do you have to use the venue’s own caterers, or can you bring in your own caterer?  Can you self-cater?  Does the venue offer good recommendations for other wedding vendors in a wide range of costs?

Preferred caterer at wedding venues in salt lake city6. What does the facility itself offer?  Does it have a dance floor, bride’s room, groom’s room, children’s room, good sound system, piano, food preparation room, ice machine, and so forth?

7. Does the venue offer a wedding specialist for help in planning and a wedding host for the event itself? Some centers only furnish the space only and offer limited help and guidance as you plan.

Bride at wedding reception centers in salt lake city8. What parking is available for you and your guests?  Does it cost more?  Is it close to the entrance of the reception center?

9.  Does the venue have an alcohol policy?  What is it?  Some Utah wedding locations do not allow alcohol except for champagne.  

10. Venue restrictions – Are there any and what are they?  Some venues can not allow open flames.  Are there any city ordinances on time restraints?  Noise restrictions?

There are so many reception centers Utah offers to Utah brides.  Be sure to find the one that will fit your needs and will aid, not deter from, your beautiful wedding day.

Sparkler send off from indoor & outdoor wedding venues in utah


The Atrium at Western Gardens is one of the most versatile wedding venues in Utah. We pride ourselves in being able to customize not only the grounds, but also our services to create the type of wedding that you have been dreaming about for years. Weddings in Utah can be as unique and diverse as the various communities of people who live in this area. On this page, you can take a look at some pictures of weddings that have taken place at our Sandy, Utah wedding center. We have also provided numerous tips to help with your wedding planning. Let our incredible wedding location help you plan a wedding unlike any other.

Leave Your Worries Behind With Utah Wedding Venues Like Atrium

The one paying the bill will enjoy this wedding venue in Sandy Utah
Photo by Kulbacki photos

Realize now that crazy things can and often do happen on your wedding day.  But if you plan ahead and choose a good wedding reception center, like one of the Utah wedding venues run by Western Gardens called Atrium Weddings, then chances of having a perfect wedding day is dramatically increased.  Let the wedding professionals worry about all those little things, so that you and your beau can focus on the things only you can do. For example….

On our wedding day, much like most other days, there are some laughable moments. You know, those moments that don’t seem very funny at the time but you can laugh about them later. Whether you like it or not, there will be a few of those moments on your big day. On my incredible day one of those moments was when my husband forgot to shave his face.

We had a few minutes to talk before getting ready for the ceremony. So we talked for a little bit telling each other how excited and nervous we both were. As I went to give him a kiss I noticed that he had forgotten to shave that morning. I touched his face and he realized his mistake. He told me how he was so nervous and had so much on his mind that he needed to remember to do that day that he did not even think about shaving. I guess he forgot to look in the mirror as well!  He was sincerely apologetic. We thought about sending for a shaver, but at that point it was too close to the ceremony to do anything about it. So we just had to go on as if nothing was wrong. Luckily, the hair on his face is light and not easily noticeable on camera. He did end up getting many comments about his lack of shaving, but his sisters were especially amused by it.

Beautiful and reputable wedding venues help for stress-free celebrations
Photo by Lindsey Shaun

You must realize that on your wedding day, things will happen that are beyond your control. You just have to take the day as it comes. If you don’t want your venue to be among those laughable moments, choose one of the wedding venues in Utah that brides are discovering, Atrium Weddings in Sandy.  They provide a gorgeous setting and very little is left up to you to worry about.

Turquoise and pink wedding linens at wedding celebration!
Photo by Swensen Photography
Atrium is one of the Utah wedding locations for stress-free events!
Photo by TJ Romero Photography



Reception Centers in Utah Will Not Let You Get Caught in the Rain

Utah wedding venues can look like an indoor garden
Photo by TJ Romero Photography

I had always wanted a spring garden wedding reception so my fiancé and I decided on a date in mid May. His parents had the most gorgeous back yard that I thought would be absolutely perfect for the event. They agreed to host the event, but brought us to look at Atrium Weddings, one of Western Garden’s reception centers in Utah, just to be sure we didn’t want to use a venue that we would not have to worry about rain. I was adamant about having the reception in the backyard. The Atrium was beautiful but just not what I wanted. So it was settled, we would have the event in the backyard and pray for no rain.

We spent the following months planting new flowers, new grass seed and making sure the yard looked just right. I dreamt of where everything would be placed and where we would stand. We all prayed for the weather to cooperate. As the day speedily approached, everything was in order and the weather was beautiful. We checked the forecast daily just to be sure the day would be perfect. The week before there was no chance of rain but as the days went on the chance of rain increased. I prayed, no pleaded, that there would be no rain, with no luck. Two days before the wedding we were forced to come up with a change of plans. The day before, we set all the tables and chairs up inside. We set large white canopies up outside to accommodate the line. All I could say was “oh well” because there was nothing I could do at that point. 

The day of the wedding was just as predicted by the weather man. It poured rain. I have never seen so much rain in Utah in my life. We were lucky enough to get some outdoor pictures while the rain took a little break, but other than that hour, the rain did not stop all day long. Although the day was not quite like I had hoped or dreamed, it was the best day of my life and the rain made it very memorable. Also, just so we never forget, it has since rained on every one of our anniversaries. 

Daddy daughter dance at Salt Lake Wedding receptions by Western Gardens
Photo by James Erick Photos

If you are planning a spring wedding and do not want to get caught in the rain as we did, I hope you will be wiser than me and consider using the Atrium, one of Western Garden’s gorgeous wedding venues in Utah. The Atrium has the feel of a garden reception without the chance of rain.

Indoor garden wedding ceremonies and receptions in Utah
Photo by TJ Romero Photography

Utah Wedding Venues for Winter Garden Weddings

Enjoy a garden Utah wedding in the middle of winter

 Utah wedding venues are many, but few allow the bride to experience that outdoor garden weddings in the middle of winter.  Several issues can hinder an outdoor garden wedding like weather, out-of-season plant material, and safety concerns for family and guests. Utah only has about 4.5 months of the year that are freeze free, therefore brides looking for Utah wedding locations should seek Utah wedding reception centers that provide an “atrium” for that garden feel.  Hence, Atrium Weddings is such a venue.  


Atrium Weddings provides that beautiful outdoor feeling without the worry of winter snow and cold outside.  If it does snow during the ceremony or reception, you and your guests will love seeing the winter wonderland from the spacious windows of this reception center in Utah.  

Having your ceremony and reception or even a wedding luncheon or dinner, in an atrium setting liberates your funds to be used in other details you wish.  Why?  First of all, because you don’t have to decorate a lot.  The greenery of many varieties of plants is a beautiful backdrop for an accenting color selected by the bride!  Dad’s pocketbook doesn’t have to pay for extra floral arrangements to create a beautiful setting for the ceremony and celebration.

Be happy in your Utah wedding reception venues that are a garden in decor When you choose Atrium Weddings at Western Gardens in Sandy, from so many wedding venues Utah has to choose from, you can have your garden wedding of your dreams without weather worries.  Whether your special day is in January or April, you and your family can still enjoy a garden wedding with Atrium Weddings.

Wedding Venues in Utah That Give Bride’s Choice

Beautiful ceremony at a wedding reception center located in UtahThis simple ceremony was a family affair with plenty of family to enjoy the union of the couple.  Brides enjoy wedding venues in Utah in which they can choose their own cake designer and caterer.  You find that at Atrium Weddings.

Tom Catrow was their caterer who served his own delicacies including puff pastries, sandwiches, fruit kabobs, and an assortment of cheese and crackers.  A close friend created the flower arrangements and Granite Bakery created their cake.  With a touch of beach style, the tiers of cake sat upon glass vases filled with sea shells.  Seashells also dotted the table centerpieces.

Utah wedding groom enjoys his wedding cake too!Notice the groom’s cake.  Obviously Rubics Cubes are big with this groom.  He cut one perfect square out of it and shared with his new wife.

Ryan Cummings was the photographer at this Utah wedding.  He is a local photographer who teaches at Salt Lake Community College.  He enjoys photographing brides in Utah wedding reception centers like Atrium Weddings.



Western Garden’s Wedding Venues in Utah Allow Self-catering As Seen at This Celebration

Newly united family at a Utah wedding venue!

Western Garden’s wedding venues in Utah both celebrated wedding ceremonies and receptions on a beautiful day in August.  Atrium Weddings’ outdoor waterfall plaza was the setting for the ceremony of Steve and Cari and their wedding party.  

Self-catering is allowed at a few wedding venues Utah offers.

This dashing couple enjoyed the warmth of the sun and the trickle of the waterfall as they exchanged vows and rings at this Utah wedding venue.  After congratulating the newlyweds in an informal line on the plaza, everyone came inside and enjoyed dinner which was self-catered by the family.  Costco sandwiches, fruit, veggies, cheese, crackers and sheet cake were all on the simple and delicious menu.  Atrium allows self-catering, especially during these trying economic times.  

Beautiful cake made by a friend!   Happy young lady by garden center flowers!

The wedding cake was created by a friend of the bride and the floral bouquets and boutonnieres were fashioned by this Utah wedding venue’s preferred florist Hillside Floral.  A dear friend John was the couple’s photographer. 

Proud and happy mother in short wedding line outside prior to dinner! Exchanging rings at Atrium Weddings at Western Gardens Sandy

Reception venues in Utah are lucky to have a wedding place like Atrium Weddings that recommends great partners, but is versatile to allow a bride to stay within her budget.  This indeed was a beautiful celebration of love and joy!  

Beautiful wedding venue space at Atrium Weddings!  Utah wedding venues with outdoor ceremony plaza!

April 13, 2012 – Salt Lake City Wedding Venues Can Help Save the Day

Wedding reception centers in Salt Lake City can help alleviate or make worse any catastrophe that may happen on that most special day.  This beautiful couple experienced disasters that no one wishes upon anyone, especially on their wedding day.  Thankfully, Atrium Weddings event coordinator was there to calm the situations that she nor the couple had no control over.

First the cake provider, not recommended by Atrium, called and indicated they had dropped the wedding cake masterpiece. They would try to salvage what was possible and would be behind schedule.  When it finally came, only the middle and top layers were somewhat there.  Without the bride seeing the disaster that sat upon the beautiful silver cake pedestal, the Atrium host and family jumped into action.  One scurried away and bought two round white cakes from a local grocery store, another retrieved some ribbon from previous decorating of the Utah wedding location, and others kept the bride occupied in the bride’s room while some doctoring took place.  By the time the bride emerged, she had a 3-tiered cake again.  Only the original top was used and ribbon was placed to hide the seams of the other two new layers.  It turned out fine and the bride was grateful for the teamwork of her family and Atrium staff.

If the cake nightmare wasn’t enough, the Reverend to perform the ceremony finally arrived an hour late.  That put everyone on edge, but again, Atrium’s event host was there to calm the waters and make do with a tense situation.  The caterers waited, guests waited, bride and groom waited; however, it did give some extra time to fix the wedding cake presentation.  

Because the dinner was so delayed, the Atrium staff jumped into high-gear to set up for the reception after everyone had enjoyed their late meal.  It was all resolved and gratefully, Atriums’ professionalism was calming and helped make the evening another beautiful wedding celebration of love at Atrium Weddings.  These Salt Lake City wedding reception guests had no idea all that had taken place just hours before. 

After it all, the bride was so grateful that she left this written note to Atrium Weddings. “You are all amazing!  You made my day smooth and stress free – Just what every Bride needs!”  

We at Atrium are glad that we could be there to help alleviate and help solve these uncontrollable events.

Salt Lake City Weddings Venue with Advantageous Choices and Amenities

Beautiful couple in front of fireplace in a wedding reception centerThis bride and groom pulled off a beautiful, warm, yet fun wedding celebration at Atrium Weddings, a Salt Lake City weddings venue specifically in Sandy.  Her lime green and elegant black color scheme was perfect as they complimented Atrium’s backdrop of rich greenery.  Bridesmaids in Lime Green and Black attire 

From the start, Atrium guests enjoyed the outside marquee with the wedding party’s names indicating they had found the right place!  They were directed into a spacious and secure parking.  Guests only had to walk a matter of feet to the entrance of the wedding venue.   Signage for Salt Lake City wedding venue's entrance

Atrium guests were not the only ones to enjoy this celebration.  The bride and her mother enjoyed the comfort of Atrium’s spacious bride’s room with plenty of good lighting and mirrors. The Father of the Bride was delighted with the value he received for his pocketbook.  Atrium is warm and inviting with plenty of space for all.  The photographer enjoyed the many beautiful settings for wedding portraits.  All of the wedding party could enjoy dancing.  The dance floor at this wedding reception center is spacious and allows that special first dance for the couple and then easily accommodates plenty of guests to join in the festive celebration.   Bride's room at Atrium Wedding venueHappy Bride = Happy Father at her wedding receptionWaterfall feature at Atrium Wedding reception centerSitting by pond in garden center

Self-catering is allowed at Atrium Wedding venueIt is advantageous to rent a reception center that allows the bride to choose Atrium’s preferred caterers or bring their own favorite caterer to the event.  This bride chose to have family and friends do her refreshments offering cake, grapes for the children, and other delicious finger foods that were easy to transport and set up.  Also included was a candy station for those with a real sweet tooth!

Salt Lake City weddings can be the most relaxed and stress-free events at a wedding venue like Atrium Weddings at Western Gardens in Sandy, south of Salt Lake City proper. DisplaysBridal portraits at wedding receptions in Salt Lake CityDecorations look beautiful against Atrium's backdrop of greeneryHappy couple greeting guestsDancing the evening away!Wedding Cake

February 6, 2012 – Freedom of Choice at Sandy Wedding Reception Center

Bride and mother at Atrium Wedding venue in SandyA bride and her mother are very happy when they can locate a wedding venue that allows them to make the choices that will fit the style of the bride’s dream wedding celebration and their budget.  Atrium Weddings is such a Sandy wedding reception center that offers just that, choice!

The brides at Atrium weddings choose a wide variety of specialties to accent their wedding parties.  Some hire Atrium to do all their planning, but many others already have many family contributions to help create a memorable evening.  Allowing the bride to choose Atrium preferred caterers or their own, or even self-cater the event, is the freedom that is offered at this wedding reception centerFamily food servers at Atrium Weddings

In fact, if only renting Atrium Weddings venue will fit a tight budget in these tough economic times, everything for a basic wedding reception is included in the Atrium’s base price – plenty of tables, linens & toppers to cover those tables, several choices of Atrium centerpieces, use of the prep kitchen, bride’s room, groom’s room, children’s room, incredible sound system, piano, plenty of free and secure parking, a host for the evening, and the Atrium’s beautiful garden ambiance.  The basic package provides just about everything for the evening.

Atrium Weddings is a one of a handful of wedding venues in Sandy that is loaded with so many amenities for the base price that a bride could simply rent Atrium Weddings venue, plan on self-catering and cake baking by family, use an iPod for favorite romantic music playlist, buy own flowers, and enjoy the beautiful celebration with family and friends.   Atrium’s event coordinator will work with any bride to make a beautiful stress-free celebration in the couple’s honor and stay within their budget.

Atrium centerpiece with embellishments by the BrideSimple table decor with one of Atrium centerpiece choices

Atrium centerpiece option with bride's embellishments